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What are good German language programs for iPad/iPhone?

There are a number of applications relating to introductory German, dictionaries etc. available on the app store. Have people had any success with any of them and which ones are worth trying? ...
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Is there a German analog for the English expression, “It's not rocket science”?

I never heard Raketenwissenschaft in this context in Germany. Is this a case of anglicism, or are there better suited German synonyms for this expression?
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Is this syntax freestyling correct: “Ein Mörder er ist!”?

Which of the following has the proper syntax? Ein Mörder er ist! Ein Mörder ist er! Er ist ein Mörder!
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Is there a reason why Germany (Deutschland) is called so many different things in other European languages?

Excuse me if this is off-topic. When I'm learning other languages, I usually (99% of the time) find that "England" is either the same or very similar in the other language. However, I know at least ...
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Is/Was there a Basic German?

There is a whole Wikipedia written in Basic English. This leads to the question if something similar exists for German. Maybe a type of controlled language for teaching aboriginals a simplified German ...
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Welches deutsche Wort hat die meisten Konsonanten in Folge?

Der Titel sagt fast alles. Ich suche nicht nur echte "im Duden stehenden" Wörter, sondern auch leicht konstruierte Wörter, die aber immer noch einen Sinn haben, würden mich interessieren. Mit Google ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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What is a good way to start learning German?

There is already a question that asks for free resource for learning German. However, I would like to know what resources are good for learning German regardless of their cost. The online sources ...
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A phrase list for the curious case of the Genitivus Absolutus?

So Hendrik answer on my question "Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein" — is this grammatically correct? brought me back to the feared and famous Ablativus Absolutus (at least on my ...
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What does make a question in German (not) rhetorical?

Are there specific terms or grammatical structures that make a question including a statement rhetorical? For example. The statement and question is Ist das römische Reich an seiner eigenen ...
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Gibt es ein deutsches magisches Quadrat?

Gibt es ein deutsches magisches Quadrat, das dieselben Symmetrieeigenschaften hat, wie das lateinische magische Quadrat? SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS Arepo ist möglicherweise ein Name, eine ...
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Sie (you - formal), sie (she) and sie (they) / Ihr (you - plural), er (he)

How to differentiate pronunciation of these words? Sie (you — formal), sie (she), and sie (they) ihr (you — plural), er (he)
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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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Is it acceptable to add a “mal” after all verbs in imperative form?

I've heard the structure verb + mal a lot, like: Sag mal, schau mal, warte mal Is it a good style? does it sound more friendly? What's the difference between "warte" and "warte mal"? Is it ...
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Is the “was” in “Weißt du was?” really an “etwas”?

In English, there are two idioms with the same meaning: "You know what?" ("Weißt du was?") "You know something?" ("Weißt du etwas?") The "etwas" in the latter German phrase could conceivably be ...
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What is an “Ablaut”?

My understanding is that "Umlaut" represents the diacritical marks over 'a', 'o', 'u', etc. But what is an "Ablaut"? The topic came up in the comments on this question.
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Could a “Kerl” be female?

Some translations for Kerl are fellow, bloke, guy, chap and dude. Most of them are (somewhat) gender-neutral. What about Kerl?
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“So wären/wäre es Träume nur gewesen?”

I saw a poster with this text: So wären es Träume nur gewesen? The subject seems to be "es", not "Träume". Why is the Konjunktiv plural? I'd write: So wäre es Träume nur gewesen?
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“Scheiße ist Bargeld”

I know the title is a bit rude, but that's exactly what my question is about. The title is what Google Translate recommends as the German equivalent of "shit is cash". I've often seen the expression ...
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“Queen” vs. “Königin”

Is it just an example of an English word creeping in to use in German, or is there a particular reason why Queen is used rather than Königin? And does Die Queen always refer to Elizabeth II of the ...
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Wörterbücher für Fachsprache / Dictionaries for terminology in specific domains

LEO und Co sind zwar für den allgemeinen Wortschatz ganz gut zu gebrauchen. Wenn es aber an die Übersetzung von technischen Dokumentationen geht, helfen sie einem nicht wirklich weiter. Man könnte die ...
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Are Adjectives Sometimes “Stem-Changing”?

Most people that study German learn about "stem-changing VERBs (z.B. singen, sang, gesungen). I don't come across them often, but there appear to be stem-changing adjectives, as well. Example: Gross= ...
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How can we abbreviate a subordinate clause by use of a participle

On Takkats advice i separated this part from this question: "Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein" - is this grammatically correct? A (maybe) possible (but nowadays uncommon) ...
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“Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein” — is this grammatically correct?

Especially I would like to know when this is a correct complete German sentence: What type of grammatical structure do the first two words belong to? Is it common to speak that way? I mean the ...
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Synonyme für “(über)schwappen”

Ich suche nach guten Synonymen für das Verb "schwappen". Es geht um das Verhalten einer Flüssigkeit, die ihr Gefäß, z.B. bei einem Stoß, verlässt.
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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Höfliche Anrede mit zweiter Person Plural: »Ihr solltet zugeben, dass Ihr ganz einfach Angst habt.«

Die zweite Person Plural wird ab und zu verwendet, um Höflichkeit auszudrücken. Folgendes Beispiel stammt aus dem Buch "Die unendliche Geschichte" von Michael Ende: »Held Hynreck«, sagte Bastian ...
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Is There More Than One German Word For “Free”?

The obvious translation is "frei." But that is the word related to "freedom, right? If I wanted to say "free of charge," I'd use another word, like kostenlos. Or would I? The question comes from ...
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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What is a suboptimal question?

Attention, rhetoric question ;) Actually i came upon suboptimal and thought over its meaning and origin. Is it a anglicism, german euphemism, slang... Because the meanings i get are quite contrary: ...
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“ist” oder “sind” bei Aufzählungen

Üblicherweise verwendet man bei Aufzählungen den Plural. In konkreten Fällen kann sich das aber schon einmal komisch anhören. Beispiel: Folglich sind in Abbildung 1 ein Subsystem und in Abbildung ...
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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Was bedeutet “heuer”?

Im Hochdeutschen gibt es diesen Ausdruck m. E. nicht, ich habe ihn allerdings schon öfter gehört ... was bedeutet er genau, wie wird er verwendet, wo kommt er her und wo wird er benutzt (Bsp.): ...
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Is it good style to use latin phrases? [closed]

I don't know how much and deep school kids in Germany actually get in touch with Latin. For some areas of studies it seems to be a prerequisite. In US literature, also scientific, it has -to my ...
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“blieben” und “bleiben würden”

Was sollte ich im folgenden Satz besser verwenden? Mit dem Erhalt der Förderung möchte ich auch meine Chancen auf berufliche Positionen verbessern, die mir ohne diese Förderung eventuell verwehrt ...
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How do you call somebody basically a “Klugscheisser” without causing offence? [closed]

Often your boss/team mates seems just to know everything better despite having expertise in a specific discipline. What polite metaphor/periphrasis would you choose that states clearly and shortly ...
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1answer
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Where does/did word-formation in German language happen?

I am interested in a comprehensible overview, summarization where most of word-formation in German language actually happen. How are new words finally accepted to end in an official dictionary like ...
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Genus der Flüsse: eine komische Regel

Im Grammatikbuch Hammer's German Grammar and Usage habe ich eben gelesen , dass Flüsse im Ausland männlich sind: der Ganges der Nil Im Gegenteil sind die Flüsse innerhalb Deutschlands ...
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English analog to “Stelzbock” or why so few sexual cusses for men?

german female version of Stelzbock someone told me would be Flittchen - Hussy (eng). Is there an appropriate translation? Imo, Macho and Gigolo doesn't match , to less animal-like and more a ...
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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Aller “interessierter” oder “interessierten” Menschen?

Wie wird "interessiert" im Genitiv Plural gebeugt, wenn kein Artikel vorhanden ist? Beispiel: Diese Frage wurde im Sinne aller an Sport interessierter Menschen beantwortet. Ich stolpere bei ...
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What's the German for “A Bird in Hand…”?

I remember the proverb as something like, "Ein Spass in der Hand (versus) Ein Vögel, am Dach." Or something like a sparrow in hand versus a bird on the roof. The best support I could find was this ...
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Two-way prepositions used with non-movement verbs.

The two-way prepositions are all the prepositions that can take both the accusative and dative case. When they are used together with a verb indicating movement there is a simple rule for figuring out ...
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When is 'to' translated with “um zu”, when with “zu”

The infinitve marker "to" can not simply be translated with "zu". Apparently in most instances it translates with "um zu", wheras in other instances "zu" alone is used. 1 "Del" is the key to ...
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Can “sonst” Sometimes Be Used as a Substitute for “oder”?

My understanding is that "oder" means "or," and "sonst" means "otherwise," or "or else." The context is another verse of the poem I presented a couple days ago. Both the English and German text are ...
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1answer
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What's the quality of clip2go?

Here seems to be a neat site. I like the real samples from (I assuming) real Germans...or at least people fluent in German. But I'm always concerned with learning a new language from a system that ...
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Terms for “Nicht-Verstehen signalisieren”

As I read here: The first two sentences are classified as "Nicht-Verstehen signalisieren". Are there other widely known terms or interjections to signal you didn't understand something?
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What is the appropriate usage of “Gemütlichkeit”?

"Gemütlichkeit" ist für die Deutschen ein positives Wort aber es gibt nicht nur eine Erklärung für das Wort, Alle haben eine individuelle Lösung. Here are my questions about the term: I'd ...
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4answers
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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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How is the prefix “uber-” differently used in German vs. English?

In English usage the prefix "über" (loaned from German) has the meaning of: über-, uber-: denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Oxford Dictionaries ...

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